Amid turmoil and uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, all parties in the state on Sunday chose to remain together and stand united in their struggle for safeguarding the state's "identity, autonomy and special status".
In a mood of anxiety, people sought to stock up on essentials and there were long queues outside petrol pumps, ATMs and medical shops in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state.
The security officials said a mine with Pakistan ordnance markings was among caches of ammunition retrieved following intelligence reports of likely attacks on routes used by devout Hindus who trek to the region's holy Amarnath cave every year.
Kashmir, claimed by both India and mostly Muslim Pakistan, has always been a flashpoint between the two countries.
The Indian government has admitted that 10,000 extra troops were sent to Kashmir a week ago.
In the past, dozens of pilgrims have been killed in attacks blamed on rebels.
While the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan has been witnessing continued ceasefire violations by the neighbour country, a senior intelligence official said that the violations were a form of cover fire that was being given to divert attention of Indian forces away from the actual goings on along the LoC. It prevents outsiders from settling permanently in Kashmir and acquiring government jobs and immovable property. They also asked residents to remain vigilant of "toy bombs" fired by India. India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises.
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Political leaders in the territory have warned that these measures could spark unrest.
Making matters worse is a series of speculation by both news outfits as well as on social media that has led to people fearing the worst and hoarding food and necessities.
"We will also apprise them of the unwholesome consequences bound to follow the unconstitutional violation of these guarantees", Abdullah said.
"It's part of a constantly changing security plan to counter a possible public uprising", the police official added. "The movement of forces personnel in Kashmir is a routine affair", he said.
Article 35A empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define "permanent residents" of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents while Article 370 gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The article has been challenged in the Supreme Court by right-wing Hindu groups and Modi's Hindu nationalist party has promised to repeal it even without court backing.
Tensions between the two nations escalated in February after the Pakistani military downed two Indian warplanes in the disputed Kashmir region following an IAF airstrike against what New Delhi claimed was a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant camp.